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Rep. Bass Condemns Trump’s Executive Actions that Roll Back Environmental Protections, Advance the Dakota...

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to sign an executive order to advance the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines, while freezing grants and contracts at the Environmental Protection Agency

Reps. Huffman and Rohrabacher Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Ease Tax Burden on Homeowners Making...

Congressmen Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) led a bipartisan group of 5 members of Congress in reintroducing the Water Conservation Rebate Tax Parity Act today, legislation to amend Federal tax law to clarify that homeowners do not need to pay income tax when they receive rebates from water utilities for water conservation and water runoff management improvements that they have made

AGUILAR ASSIGNED TO HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEES

Rep. Pete Aguilar was assigned to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy, Water Development, and Related Agencies and the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies on the powerful House Appropriations Committee

Water Scarce to Recharge Groundwater Basins, New Report Shows

A first-of-its-kind analysis of California’s water resources shows that bringing local groundwater basins into sustainable balance -- as state law demands – will require investments and innovations in integrated water management including conservation, storm water capture, recycling, desalination, water transfers, diversion, conveyance and storage.

FOIA Request Seeks Data on Reverse Mortgage Foreclosures at Steve Mnuchin’s Former Bank

Earlier today, two nonprofit groups submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request about reverse mortgage foreclosures conducted against seniors by Financial Freedom, a reverse mortgage servicer previously owned by Steven Mnuchin, who has been nominated for the United States Treasury Secretary position by President Elect Trump.

Rep. Calvert Reintroduces the REBUILD Act

Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) reintroduced the Reducing Environmental Barriers to Unified Infrastructure and Land Development (REBUILD) Act, H.R. 481. The legislation would cut red tape and reduce costs for infrastructure projects.

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier To Serve On Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced that he has been appointed to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the 115th Congress. In addition, he will continue to serve on the House Education and Workforce Committee.

Rep. Peters Named to Influential Energy and Commerce Committee for 115th Congress

U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) was selected by his Democratic colleagues to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee during the 115th Congress. The committee has jurisdiction over legislation and regulation pertaining to energy and the environment, healthcare, telecommunications, and interstate commerce, making it one of the most influential policy-making bodies in Congress.

Rep. Denham Re-Introduces “New WATER Act,” Requests Local Authorities to Increase Capture of Storm...

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today re-introduced H.R. 434, the “New Water Available To Every Reclamation State Act” (New WATER Act) to authorize a pilot project to help finance development of water resources infrastructure in reclamation states, such as California.

115th Congress Subcommittee Assignments Released

Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rodney Frelinghuysen announced subcommittee memberships for the 115th Congress. U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) will serve on the Agriculture Subcommittee, the Military Construction and Veteran Affairs Subcommittee, as well as the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Subcommittee

Congressman Lowenthal Named To House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today was named as a new member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) for the 115th Congress. “I am honored to represent not only my district and state, but all Americans as a new member on the T&I Committee,” Congressman Lowenthal said. “From bridges to airports, from ports to mass transit, our nation’s transportation infrastructure is the nervous system of a healthy economy.

Federal Analysis Downplays Fracking’s Threats to Public Land in California

Three years after a federal judge rebuked the Bureau of Land Management for ignoring the risks of hydraulic fracturing in California, the agency today issued a revised draft “environmental impact statement” that still fails to carefully evaluate fracking pollution's threats to public land along the state’s Central Coast.

Ruiz Appointed to Prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee

Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) announced that he was appointed to the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee, an exclusive committee that deals with a wide range of that will be front and center in the coming months, including health care and energy policy. Dr. Ruiz will be the only Democratic physician on the committee

REP. LIEU STATEMENT ON DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS PUSH TO HOUSE HOMELESS VETERAN HEROES

Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald announced a concentrated 30-day effort by VA staff and partners to house as many homeless Veterans in their communities as possible

Rep. Walters To Serve On Energy & Commerce Committee

Congresswoman Mimi Walters (California-45) released the following statement after being selected to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the 115th Congress

Reps. Cook and Takano Introduce Bill To Ensure Fair Housing Benefit for Student Veterans

Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) and Rep. Mark Takano (D- California), introduced HR 245, the Veterans’ Education Equity Act. This bipartisan bill fixes a discrepancy in the way the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently determines Post-9/11 GI Bill housing payments for student veterans that prevents some veterans from receiving a fair housing payment.

Memo Shows Evidence of Illegal Foreclosure Practices At OneWest Bank While Steven Mnuchin Was...

A 2013 memo written by attorneys in the Consumer Law Section from the California Attorney General’s office is raising new concerns about the track record of OneWest Bank, and the ethics of its former CEO, Steve Mnuchin, who has been nominated to be Treasury Secretary by President Elect Donald Trump. David Dayen first reported on the memo earlier today in an article in the Intercept.

Valadao Introduces Legislation to Improve Western Water Reliability

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, the first day of the 115th Congress, Congressmen David G. Valadao (CA-21) introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to modernize water policies throughout the entire Western United States, including in the State of California.

Snowpack’s Statewide Water Content Is below Average

Today’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) manual snow survey at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada range found a snow water equivalence of 6 inches, which is 5.3 inches less than the average early-January snow water equivalence of 11.3 inches as measured at Phillips since 1964.

DWR Issues Update to State’s “Go-To” Groundwater Publication

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today issued an interim update to its Bulletin 118 series, California’s Groundwater, with key information to help local agencies meet requirements and deadlines under the historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) enacted in 2014

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San Diego Ranks Eighth Nationally in Clean Power Production

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked the City of San Diego as the eighth largest green power user in the country in its annual list recognizing agencies for generating power from alternative energy sources, including solar, landfill gas, hydro-electric and wastewater methane energy systems

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CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS AND ALLIES UNVEIL PRINCIPLES FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND BOLD...

Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN), and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) made the following statements today after they unveiled a House Resolution outlining 10 principles that should be included in any infrastructure plan considered by Congress.